PRIDE New Haven 2020

PRIDE New Haven 2020

September 13-19, 2020 & October 10, 2020

PRIDE New Haven is a visible infusion of LGBTQ+ celebratory programming that highlights the culture, art, and history of New Haven and Connecticut’s LGBTQ+ community. Through a high-visibility series of events PRIDE New Haven turns downtown New Haven into a community-wide safe space for New Haven and Connecticut’s vastly diverse LGBTQ+ community.

This year we will be hosting two groups of events! PRIDE New Haven Virtual (September 13 – 19) and PRIDE New Haven In Person (October 10). Full schedule of events can be found below. 

Pride celebrations in Connecticut go back to the 1980s, but the relevance these types of gatherings is more important than ever in the face of national policy trends that attack and divide the community while simultaneously creating adversarial relationships between different minority groups. PRIDE New Haven, which celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2018, is the only pride celebration in Connecticut that creates a multi-day series of events that include arts, culture, and humanities programming in tandem with celebratory events to bring the community together in shared experiences.

The 22nd PRIDE New Haven will include two separate opportunities to engage in celebrating PRIDE. The first will be a a week long series of events in September that will primarily focus on civic engagement, racial and queer justice,  and advocacy. Come October, we will gather at the North Haven Fair Grounds for a social distant PRIDE In Person program (similar to our Block Party from recent years).

Questions about PRIDE New Haven? Contact us at pride@newhavenpridecenter.org.

2020 PRIDE Guide Coming Soon! Check out last year’s : 

PRIDE New Haven Virtual 2020 Schedule of Activities

Check out the PRIDE New Haven In Person 2020 Schedule Here!

Day of Action : Racial Justice & the Queer Community

Discussion : Standing Up for Indigenous Queer Peoples

11:00a – 12:00p | Live on Facebook & YouTube

Join us as we kick-off PRIDE New Haven by taking a moment to recognize the colonized land that we call home. After we will sit down with some Indigenous Queer activists to explore how we, as a community, can stand up and maintain space for all Queer Indigenous identities within the larger Queer community. Read more!

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Discussion : Racial Justice for BIPOC Queerfolk

12:00 – 1:30p | Live on Facebook & YouTube

In June, during the Center’s Week of Action, we set out to address racism in the Queer community. Now we continue this commitment to conversations around racial justice and combating racism within our Queer family. Discussion will include perspectives from Kamora HerringtonJesus Abraham Morales SánchezRoslyn SoteroBilal Tajildeen, and Karleigh Webb. Join us as we continue the conversation. Read more!

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Racial Justice Workshops

2:00 – 6:00p | On Zoom – Read More and Register Here

Join us for one or more of our Racial Justice Workshops with local and nationally recognized speakers as we learn to decolonizing our nonprofits, talk about anti-bias and anti-racism tools, exploring racial justice organizing and how to do it in a way with mental health in mind, and more! There will be a total of six workshops that you can join that will be conducted by Ahmad Abojaradeh, Jeremy Cajigas, Hope Chávez, Kamora Herrington, Adriane JeffersonAla Ochumare, and Rev. Edwin Pérez, Jr. Read more!

FREE program.

 

Discussion : How Does the Queer Community Reach Racial Equity? A Youth BIPOC Perspective

6:30 – 7:30p | Live on Facebook & YouTube

The Queer Community has a lot of work to do to reach a place of racial justice. Join youth from the Black & Brown Summer Camp, a program created in partnership with CityWide Youth Coalition, as we explore this idea of achieving racial justice through the eyes of the youth fighting so hard for it. Read more!

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Celebrating Queer Black Artists

8:00 – 9:30p | Live on Twitch TV

Join us as we close out our day of racial justice and combating anti-Blackness with a virtual celebration of queer Black artists from Connecticut. Evening will include performances by drag artists, musicians, spoken word artists, and more! Program will be hosted by Robin Fierce, and will include performances by BubbleliciousEphraim Adamz, Kendra DowseyAnne GoghKenya Mone HeartMychael JayMyles JehVersatile PoetiqMz October May-LayTiana Maxim RoseRadio Stevie and Arien Wilkerson. Read more!

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Check out the PRIDE New Haven In Person 2020 Schedule Here!

Virtual Tour and Opening of How to Spell

4:00 – 5:00p | Virtually on Facebook & Instagram Live

Join us for the opening reception of the 7th Exhibition in our 2020-21 Exhibition Series featuring the work of Zulynette. This show speaks to a cycle of identity reclamation. The cycle consists of challenging the stories fed to us – who we are, where we’re going, what we ought to be, a metaphorical death of a past identity, and a growing into a new form of being. Read more!

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Artist Talk : Zulynette

6:00 – 7:00p | Virtually on Facebook & Instagram Live

Join us for an artist talk with queer artist Zulynette, the artist behind the Center’s 7th exhibition in our 2020-21 exhibition series, How to Spell. Explore Zulynette’s work in more detail, understand the depth of her concepts, and how her art reflects on her experience as a queer Puerto Rican femme. Read more about the exhibit!

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Sip & Paint with Don Houston

7:30 – 9:00p | Virtually On Zoom – Register Here

Local queer artist Don Houston, known for his rolling seascapes and his male nudes, invites you into his studio for a virtual sip and paint. Grab a glass of your favourite wine or a cup of tea and paint along with one of our local masters as he helps you create a pride-themed painting. Check out some of Don’s art on his Instagram

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Check out the PRIDE New Haven In Person 2020 Schedule Here!

Sharing Our Table with Sonia Salazar

7:30 – 9:00p | Live on Facebook and YouTube

Join us as we step foot into the kitchen of Lesbian Chef Sonia Salazar, Chef and Owner of New Haven hot spots Barracuda Bistro & Bar and Te Amo Tequila Bar & Grill. Sonia cooks live on camera with the Center’s Women’s Program Officer Miranda Rector and Latinx Program Officer Max Cisneros.

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Check out the PRIDE New Haven In Person 2020 Schedule Here!

Panel: What is Queer Art?

12:00 – 1:00p | Live on Facebook and YouTube

Join us as we explore and try to answer the question: What is Queer Art? In a recent article in CT Voice, our executive director posed this question, without knowing the answer. Now we explore it more! Join our panel of artists and arts facilitators as we discuss and ponder. Moderated by Center Executive Director Patrick J Dunn. 

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Panel: The Queer Community & Pandemics

6:00 – 7:00p | Live on Facebook and YouTube

In this panel we explore the lessons learned from those early actions that organizations like ACT UP and others initiated during the 1980’s and 90’s at the height of the AIDS Crisis. This will be a discussion between those voices who were on the frontlines back then alongside the voices of the most marginalized and affected communities including Black and Brown LGBTQ+ folks, who are also being disproportionately hit by the Covid-19 virus. Moderated by Center Latinx Program Officer Max Cisneros. 

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Author Talk: Jean Copeland

7:30 – 8:30p | Live on Facebook and YouTube

Join us as we sit down with Connecticut Lesbian fiction author Jean Copeland as she discusses her writing, including her latest book One Women’s Treasure (released July 2020). You can grab a copy of Jean’s book AND get it signed at PRIDE New Haven In Person on Saturday, October 10th or order a copy online.  

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Check out the PRIDE New Haven In Person 2020 Schedule Here!

Panel: Combating Transphobia in Policy

12:00 – 1:00p | Live on Facebook and YouTube

In the past several years, numerous state and federal laws and policies have been enacted targeting the trans community. These have included bans on gender-affirming care for trans youth, bans on trans women competing in women’s and girls’ sports, and the relaxing of anti-discrimination policies for healthcare, public accommodations, and emergency shelter. How should the trans community and its allies respond to these attacks? During this panel, you’ll hear from a number of activists and organizers tackling the problem in a myriad of different ways with a common goal of equity for the trans community.

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Panel : Reproductive Liberty for Queer Bodies

6:00 – 7:00p | Live on Facebook and YouTube

How can we advance reproductive health, rights, and justice for all LGBTQIA+ people? How do we best center Black, indigenous, transgender, non-binary, and intersex people in this work? What key issues are at stake, and how can we work together as a queer community and with allies to address them? Moderated by Center Women’s Program Officer Miranda Rector. 

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PRIDE Comedy Special

7:30 – 9:00p | Live on Facebook and YouTube

Join us for a Queer comedy special featuring the talents of local LGBTQ+ comedians. 

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Check out the PRIDE New Haven In Person 2020 Schedule Here!

Panel: Queer Black Feminism

12:00 – 1:00p | Live on Facebook and YouTube

This in depth panel and discussion centers Black Queer Feminist voices throughout Connecticut. We will discuss Queer Black Feminism with a focus on Connecticut, our drawbacks and advantages living in Connecticut along with the intersections of race, patriarchy, religion, gender, small business, art and creativity, healing and social justice organizing. Moderated by Center Youth Program Officer Ala Ochumare. 

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Panel: Youth Intersectionality – The Us vs Them Theory

6:00 – 7:00p | Live on Facebook and YouTube

This discussion centers the voices and experiences of younger queer folks. These experts discuss not only how they navigate their intersections but why they do some of the work they do to disrupt the many stereotypes against Queer Folks. We will discuss Crenshaw’s definition of Intersectionality as well as their own personal definitions of the term. Moderated by Center Youth Program Officer Ala Ochumare.  

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Mx. PRIDE New Haven Pageant

8:00 – 11:00p | Live on Facebook and YouTube

Who will take the crown at the 4th Annual Mx. PRIDE New Haven Pageant? Join us for an evening of competition as our competitors adorn their best Mask4Mask and evening wear looks AND perform their hearts out on stage! Hosted by Miss PRIDE New Haven 2018 Mia E Z’Lay. Read more!

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Check out the PRIDE New Haven In Person 2020 Schedule Here!

PRIDE Drag Brunch

12:00 – 1:30p | Live on Twitch TV

Enjoy Drag Brunch from home! Cook up your favourite brunch foods (don’t forget those mimosas) and sit back and relax a fabulous drag brunch. Performances by Connecticut drag sensations Ram Shackle, Sparkle A Diamond, and Rory Roux-Lay Heart, New York’s Mermaid Queen Bella Noche and Camp Wannakiki’s Ivanna. Hosted by one of Connecticut’s favourites – Loosey LaDuca. 

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Queer Youth Open Mic & Talent Showcase

6:00 – 7:30p | Live on Twitch TV

Join us for a virtual showcase of LGBTQ+ youth talents – from poetry, signing, dance, and more – in partnership with our friends at Q+. Want to perform? Reach out to Ala with your information! Showcase will be hosted by local queer youth artist Dyme Ellis. 

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Check out the PRIDE New Haven In Person 2020 Schedule Here

Engage in PRIDE New Haven 2020

ENTERTAINMENT

Our events include a variety of performance opportunities. We are specifically looking for musicians/bands, dance groups, drag artists, spectacle and street performance artists, and circus troupes/artists.

We are no longer accepting applications for performers. 

VOLUNTEERING

PRIDE New Haven is made possible through the support of individuals like you who volunteer their time to help with a variety of tasks and activities! We are looking for dynamic team of volunteers who will ensure that one of the only large-scale LGBTQ+ gathering in Connecticut in 2020 is possible!

SPONSORSHIP

Invest in PRIDE New Haven and help make our events, advocacy, and programming a reality!

Join our list of sponsors by emailing the Center’s Executive Director, Patrick J Dunn, here.

VENDORS / BOOTHS / FOOD TRUCKS

Vend and/or set up an information booth at the PRIDE New Haven In Person 2020 event on Saturday, October 10, 2020!

PRIDE GUIDE

Advertise in the special PRIDE New Haven edition of Centerline Magazine, an LGBTQ+ news publication produced and published by the New Haven Pride Center! Check out last years’ issue here.